You are not alone.
There are teachers around the world that are struggling with the same things you are. They have the same questions, doubts and limited time. They’re finding solutions by connecting with each other. They’re building relationships, 140 characters at a time. They’re exchanging ideas and resources instead of, or maybe alongside, silly cat photos and ice bucket challenges. They’re using hashtags to find each other to share doubts, and success stories. You want in on that, and that’s one reason why you’ll participate in this precon.
You’ll also come because you recognize that it’s 2016, and we’re still talking about teaching 21st century skills like, “we’ll figure out how to teach them, eventually,” while 16 years of graduating classes have learned something, perhaps in spite of, rather than because of, us. While you learn more about how eportfolios (metacognition) and social media tools (collaboration) can support your professional learning, you’ll be gaining a better perspective of how your students can do the same.
You’ll walk away with:
- A budding network of professionals that you can go to for inspiration, support, and resources, while being the same for them. Jumpstart your social media game. You only get what you give.
- A fresh professional portfolio/blog (or refresh ) that will not only give you a place to document and reflect upon your professional growth, it will also make you more appealing to recruiters. Don’t wait until recruitment season. Make it real. Start now.
- An understanding of a collection of powerful tools in Google Apps that will facilitate your sharing and help you organize your time and resources, no matter where you are in the world.
Be sure to bring your devices. A laptop or tablet, and a smartphone are your keys to the kingdom.
You’ll also serve as L2 South America’s social media reporting team throughout the conference, helping teachers that couldn’t attend the conference participate virtually. Warm up those thumbs!
A designer by trade, a musician by heart, and an educator by fortunate circumstance, David is the product of a steady dose of 80’s television shows, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Madeleine L’Engle, Chose Your Own Adventure, DOS 3.0, Windows 3.1, Mac OS 9, BBS’s, free Prodigy and AOL hours, flashlight tag, Alfred’s Fantastic Familiar Folk Songs, Souza, Wagner, Mozart, the Cure, Depeche Mode, NIN, and soccer in a football school.
Before coming to education, he spent 8 years teaching musicians and artists how to be creative with technology. Since then, he’s taught lower school music in Mexico City, MYP Design in Stuttgart, and is currently the Director of Technology at Academia Cotopaxi where he works to humanize technology in the service of teaching and learning.
He lives in Quito, Ecuador with his rock-star-teacher of a wife and barrel-of-laughs son.